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Water documentary to screen on Netflix in October

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A powerful documentary that aims to drive positive change in water is set to reach a global audience of millions.

Report reveals hypocrisy of world’s biggest plastic polluters

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A new report from advocacy group The Changing Markets Foundation appears to reveal how, behind a veil of nice-sounding initiatives and commitments to address the plastics crisis – the plastics industry, consumer brands and retailers have obstructed and undermined proven legislative solutions to the crisis for decades.

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Legal challenge to exclusion of waste incinerators from post-Brexit emissions trading scheme

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Newhaven waste incinerator, East Sussex. A legal challenge has been issued to the Government’s decision to exclude municipal waste incinerators from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme – the replacement for the existing EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to come into effect after the UK leaves the EU.

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IoT expedites leak detection

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Y orkshire Water and partners are nearing completion of the deployment of almost 4000 acoustic, flow, pressure and water quality monitors in what is said to be the UK’s largest smart water network pilot.

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80% of oil workers considering career impacts of climate change

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New study shows half in oil and gas have considered new role in renewable energy industry – or are already diversifying into it. Eight in ten Scots oil workers have considered that their careers could be impacted by actions being taken to tackle climate change, new research suggests.

Waste concrete to be repurposed into public furniture using additive manufacturing

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Waste concrete from demolished buildings is to be reinvented and made into new custom-made outdoor memorials and public garden furniture with the help of 3D printing, in a new £6m project.

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The benefits of drying biogas

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Biogas generated from anaerobic digestion (AD) contains a mixture of compounds including water vapour. This is not always considered by those burning biogas in a combine heat and power (CHP) facility.

Initiative turns marine plastic pollution into reusable PPE

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The initiative appears to be a world first for reusable PPE. A seemingly world-first collaboration is bringing recycled and reusable PPE visors to UK health workers and NGOs in the Dominican Republic.

Funding for Internet of Trees

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Seed funding of 1.8million has been secured for a large-scale IoT network to detect wildfires.

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Knocking landfill on the head: Recycling scheme celebrates three years

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The National Hard Hat Recycling Scheme recently celebrated three years in operation.

New research highlights impacts of weedkiller on wildlife

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Water flea (Moina macrocopa) under microscope view. Prolonged exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of the weedkiller Roundup causes significant harm to keystone species according to new research at the University of Birmingham.

Pioneering projects celebrated by foundation behind water documentary

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Salesforce tower in downtown San Francisco: The software firm was lauded for its support for blackwater reuse in a commercial high-rise building.

Amazon study suggests big conservation gains possible for imperilled freshwater ecosystems

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A new study by an international team of environmental scientists in the Brazilian Amazon appears to show that redesigned conservation projects could deliver big gains for critical freshwater ecosystems – raising hopes for the futures of thousands of species.

Graphene-based packaging presented as first truly biodegradeable and compostable alternative to plastic

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UK biotech company Toraphene says it is preparing to unveil the world’s first truly biodegradable, compostable and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging.

IoT project will assess impact of climate change on forests, and inform UK policymaking

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A trial is underway in forests in Surrey and Northumberland to assess the potential for Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor tree growth and the impacts of environmental change on the UK’s forests.

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Is England losing the battle for better water quality?

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Efforts to improve the water quality of England’s rivers, lakes and waterways are faltering – and unless policymakers recommit to the hard work of regular testing and monitoring, they risk losing control of this battle completely.

Stop perverse climate impact of biomass by radically reforming CO2 accounting rules, says advisory body

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Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard.

Scotland should follow on-demand bus schemes example of other UK regions, says charity

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Similar schemes are up and running elsewhere, such as Go Coach in Kent (image credit: Editor 5807 ). Schemes which would see passengers order on-demand bus services should be introduced in Scotland, a leading mobility charity has said.

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UK’s first hydrogen heating demonstration takes place in Northumberland

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First houses heated by hydrogen gas are showcased, with the use of innovative prototype boilers.

Sponsored content: Cleaner air thanks to carbon filtration

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During 2019, the UK Government set out its plans for reducing the levels of specific air pollutants, in a document called the Clean Air Strategy.

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Which countries are winning the war on waste?

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A glass waste worker in a recycling facility in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2016. Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark have succeeded in recovering over 98% of their municipal waste on average over the last five years.

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In danger of becoming a missed opportunity: ADEPT’s response to government’s planning White Paper

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The Government’s White Paper, Planning for the Future, has caused a furore amongst local authorities. And the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) is calling on the Government to think again.

Australasian water programme creates opportunities for European technology companies

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A programme developed by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) for the Australian and New Zealand water industries will create opportunities for innovative, European technology companies.

Up-scaling CO2 capture

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A seemingly landmark agreement was signed on 26 August, marking a significant uptick in ambition for carbon capture and storage technology in Europe.

Scottish utility water testers’ robotic helping hand

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An Edinburgh science hub has a new helping hand – a-state-of-the art automated robot which is being used to test water quality. The benchtop robot has been installed at Scottish Water’s Juniper House laboratory in Currie.

Less than half of company executives see sustainability as high priority

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A new report by ENGIE Impact appears to reveal that attitudes to sustainability are lagging among company executives – only 45% of execs who participated in ENGIE Impact’s global 2020 study see sustainability as a top or high priority.

‘Future of Workplace Sustainability Report’ explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace

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A new report appears to reveal how and why businesses can and should become more sustainable – and fast. “ The Future of Workplace Sustainability Report ” explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace.

New mattress recycling facility opens in Greater Manchester

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A NEW facility has opened in Bolton that will seemingly recycle up to a quarter of a million mattresses thrown away in Greater Manchester every year.

UK-India water MoU offers “great boost” to trade

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The Ganga, or Ganges, river: Cleaning the river is the brief of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), one of the co-signatories.

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Will Nottingham be first UK city to rewild its centre?

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Wildlife Trust unveils ambitious post-Covid wildscape to replace notoriously bleak shopping mall. Early December saw the launch of a bold vision to rewild the heart of Nottingham and green-up the historic city centre following the decision to demolish the much-derided Broadmarsh shopping centre.

Reaching WHO targets for air quality could boost UK economy by £1.6bn annually, says study

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Trees in St Andrews Park, Bristol (Credit: © Derek Harper, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence). 3 million working days a year lost to air pollution under current targets, says report.

Delivering pledges to net zero essential if Paris targets to be met, says IEMA

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New briefing paper outlines the need for business relevance, multiple tools, planned pathways and transparent approaches.

Research creates hydrogen-producing living droplets, suggesting a route to possible future energy sources

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Electron microscopy image of a densely packed droplet of hydrogen-producing algal cells. Scale bar, 10 micrometres (credit: Prof Xin Huang, Harbin Institute of Technology).

White vans go green: Half a million builders and plumbers needed to reach Net Zero

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New research published by UK100, a group of mayors and local government leaders in late September appears to show that a “retrofit army” of nearly half a million builders, electricians and plumbers will be needed to meet the Government’s objective of becoming Net Zero by 2050.

Judges to consider legal challenge to new planning laws

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A legal bid to halt sweeping changes to planning laws in the UK will be heard in October.

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Delivering pledges to net zero essential if Paris targets to be met, says IEMA

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New briefing paper outlines the need for business relevance, multiple tools, planned pathways and transparent approaches.

Network Rail introduces coffee cup recycling points to busy stations

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On track for net zero? Observers respond to the UK government’s ten-point green plan

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Photo credit: Willy Barton/Shutterstock.com. Commentators in the environmental sphere seemed to broadly welcome the UK government’s “Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”, unveiled on 18 November, although some lamented its apparent inconsistencies.

Aluminium packaging recycling rates reach record levels, shows Q2 PRN data

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According to data released by the Environment Agency on 22 July, a record 40,653 tonnes of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling in Q2 2020.

Prague to pilot large-scale, dynamic waste collection

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Prague (photo credit: Anthony Delanoix). The city of Prague is to pilot dynamic waste collection via automated collection routes.

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